Author: AM Arthur
Publisher: Carina Press
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
As a regular at gay hotspot Pot O Gold, Ezra Kelley avoids his tangled emotions with the simplicity of one-night stands and attachment-free hookups. Until the night bartender Donner Davis picks him up off the floor after a misunderstanding and too much tequila. Ezra can’t remember the last time someone was…nice. It’s more than he deserves.
Witnessing his lover’s death two years ago has Donner trapped in a holding pattern–living in his sister’s basement, working at the Pot and flirting with the customers. He’s not above spending a night with the gorgeous Ezra, but love is not in the cards. That’s more than he’s ready for.
A passionate night leads to a connection neither man expects, and they take the first steps to something that looks like a real relationship. But Ezra’s been running from himself so long he doesn’t know how to live any other way. And Donner can’t risk his heart just to lose everything again. They’ll both need the strength to let go of the past if they want to get it right this time.
Maybe this Time is the second book in the Belonging series from Carina Press. Book one, No Such Thing, was reviewed here on Prism by Leisa. These books are all intertwined, but can be read stand-alone if you don’t need all the secondary characters’ in-depth back stories. I do recommend reading No Such Thing first if you have the time/inclination, however.
Maybe This Time is not as heart-tugging as some stories of a similar theme, but the characters are deep and likeable. Unlike many contemporaries I read these days, I was not just waiting for everything to be over so that the characters could get their inevitable HEA. I was honestly interested in the journey toward the HEA. I appreciated the fact that not every loose end was tied up in a pretty bow. There are still problems. There is still damage, but the characters recognize this and are ready to move forward, together.
I enjoyed watching Ezra come to terms with himself and his shortcomings. I enjoyed watching him come to terms with his feelings for Donner and recognize when he messed up. I enjoyed Donner’s strong, subtle support. I like that he didn’t beat himself up over moving on, but he didn’t just replace his late lover, either. I really enjoyed the power play between the two in, and out, of bed.
The connection between Donner and Ezra is a beautiful thing. I felt that Ezra truly was ready to move forward with his life. I felt that Donner was the missing piece that Ezra needed to be complete and whole as a person. Now, I am ready for Romy’s story.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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